A new patent has been published by the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office) for two new Xiaomi smartphones. The folks over at LetsGoDigital have created mockup renders of the patents outlined in the patent submission.
There are two devices — both dual-sided smartphones with screens that wrap-around in different directions. The first one is a wrap-around screen, which seems like the Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha Concept phone. But the only difference is that the Mi Mix Alpha wraps around both vertical edges while the patent shows only one side that wrap around. The layout appears like the Huawei Mate X when it’s folded closed.
The second device has a display that wraps around in a different direction. Model “B” features a screen that wraps up and over the top horizontal edge of the handset. It has a hole-punch cut-out for a dual-camera setup, at the backside. Both devices don’t have dedicated front-facing cameras – the main camera doubles as the selfie camera since the device is mostly screen.
As images shows neither device appears to have buttons, but this could be that the sketches are general representations of the form factor and details like buttons and ports (which don’t appear either) may come later.
These are certainly interesting smartphone designs. Such smartphones appear somewhat more practical than the Mi Mix Alpha’s design from a manufacturing perspective.